A Practical Balance

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. I have many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

I have a very practical approach to counselling. I focus on how I can help my clients lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. I help my clients achieve this in a warm and supportive environment. I am a direct but gentle communicator, and my goal is to have a counselling relationship that is first and foremost collaborative, helpful and safe.

Services

I offer one-hour appointments throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. My hourly rate is $120, which follows the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors guidelines (link). I also offer an initial half-hour consultation (in person or by phone) for free. If you are a lower-income family and cost is an issue, please feel free to bring this up.

I work with all age groups, and I see individuals, couples and families. I mainly focus on relationship, parenting, and separation or divorce issues. However, I have commonly seen clients with the following concerns: anxiety, depression, addictions, self-harm issues, crisis intervention, work-related problems, stress management, self-esteem issues, and children with special needs.

My approach to counselling is eclectic, client-centred, and solutions-focused. I always try to tailor my approach to a client’s needs, and counselling sessions will most often be led by the client in terms of what he or she wants to work on. My primary goal is to be able to directly help the client deal with their problems or concerns.

Background

I started my career in the counselling field in 1998 where I volunteered at the Crisis Line. I liked this kind of work so much that I decided to do a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Since then I have worked at Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and been on the Sexual Assault Response Team. As well as my private practice, I work at BC Families in Transition (formerly the Separation and Divorce Resource Centre) where I work with children, adolescents, teens and adults in the Caught in the Middle Program and through individual and couple’s counselling. I also work at Youth Detox where I counsel youth and support their families. Prior to that, I worked for CAFCA (Child and Family Counselling Association) where I worked with children with special needs. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#3360).

On a personal note, I am happily married (for 20 years), and we have 2 beautiful children. I am an animal lover, and I have always liked sports.

Testimonial

“You have helped us both and our family so much! Sometimes directly, sometimes subtly, you have expertly guided us to really see and focus on what is real and true — our love for each other and our commitment to learn and grow together forever.”